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Book recommendations, please!

Postby JaneyH » Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:34 pm

I was wondering if anyone could recommend me with a book that might help me to expand my family history research skills - my husband is asking me for Christmas gift ideas and I can't think of much! I already have subscriptions to Ancestry and FMP so these are not relevant for the time being.

By way of background, I've been researching my family tree for five years now; I have a good working knowledge of BMDs, the Census and parish records - what they show and what they don't, what they mean and where to find them. At this stage I'm keen to understand more about what I can do pre-1837, aside from parish records. I have a growing collection of "useful articles" torn from the pages of WDYTYA? magazine, but if there are some books pitched at my level I'd be interested in your suggestions.
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Book recommendations, please!

Postby Mick Loney » Tue Dec 08, 2015 6:40 am

How about "Ancestral Trails" by Mark Herber.(ISBN 0-7509-4198-7)

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Re: Book recommendations, please!

Postby AntonyM » Wed Dec 09, 2015 11:42 am

I would second the recommendation for "Ancestral Trails" - it is an excellent all round guide to sources which I use regularly.

I would also consider "Phillimore's Atlas & Index of Parish Registers" - I use that every day. Vital once you get beyond 1837.

I would steer clear of any book that is too concerned with internet sources - they go out of date so quickly as websites appear, disappear and web addresses change.

For pre 1837 - "The Parish Chest" by W.E Tate is good, although quite old now it is still very relevant.

How about something a bit more specialist - maybe "Palaeography for Family and Local Historians" by Hilary Marshall - that is very useful once you start looking at old wills and documents.
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Re: Book recommendations, please!

Postby JaneyH » Wed Dec 09, 2015 2:44 pm

Many thanks. I've put "Ancestral Trails" on my wish list. It appears to be out of print (or at least I could only find 2nd copies for sale) but that's no problem.


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Re: Book recommendations, please!

Postby Sylcec » Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:33 am

You could also check out The National Archives bookshop as they have some very useful titles, including what I would describe as 'essential guides' http://bookshop.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
Under the heading of 'Archives & Records' they have several titles on palaeography, and this may also be good: "Understanding Documents for Genealogy and Local History "

"Wills & Probate Records"
by Karen Grannum & Nigel Taylor
A fully revised and up to the minute guide on all nationally available sources for wills and probate records both before and after 1858. Wills and related records...

and many other useful titles based on TNA's records.
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Re: Book recommendations, please!

Postby Jon Bauckham » Mon Dec 14, 2015 3:27 pm

I'd really recommend Kate Tiller's English Local History: An Introduction, if you can track down a copy. Not strictly genealogy, but features a great deal of information about pre-1837 sources.

A classic source is also Local History in England by W.G. Hoskins. Should be able to find it quite easily online.
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